[Free eBook] Dante’s Key by G. L. Baron [Italian Artifact Hunt Conspiracy Thriller]

Dante’s Key by G. L. Baron, a pseudonym for Italian author G. L. Barone is his standalone historical artifact-chasing conspiracy thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as La chiave di Dante, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister after having been previously released as a serial in 2013.

The story involves the obligatory Knights Templar, and the key to the Macguffin is hidden within clues in Dante’s Divine Comedy and other Italian works of art, starring a selectively amnesiac professor as the designated academic eccentric to help the Interpol Inspector track down the clues as the body count rises.

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[Free eBook] Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White [Chick-Lit Fashionista Novel with Romantic Comedy]

Coco Chanel Saved My Life by Danielle F. White, a pseudonym for Italian author Daniela Farnese is the 1st novel in her Chanel trilogy of chick-lit fashionista dramedy with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Via Chanel N˚5, and is translated by Thomas de Camillis. The series is set in Milan, Italy, and stars a fashionista who takes inspiration from the iconic French designer to help her through assorted life crises in style.

This beginning sees her arriving in Milan to join her boyfriend, only to discover he has left her for another woman, and decides to carry on with life in Italy anyway, throwing herself into the chic Milanese social scene with a stylish vengeance.

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[Free eBook] Storm by Stephen Bowkett [Young Adult Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Storm by Welsh author Stephen Bowkett is the 2nd novel in his The Wintering trilogy of YA science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2002 by Orion Children’s Books’s Dolphin imprint. The trilogy is set in a future world frozen over by an ice age, where the remaining humans live in a protected enclave which is watched over by an all-encompassing AI whose guardianship has dominated them for millenia.

This installment apparently adds fantasy elements to the science fiction premise, as one rebellious teen escapes the enclave into the frozen world outside and bonds with the intelligent descendants of mutant wolves, embarking on a quest to help them confront a mortal enemy who slaughters their kind.

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[Free eBook] Boss of the Diamond-O by Gordon Landsborough [Western]

Boss of the Diamond-O by the late English author Gordon Landsborough, a prolific and pioneering multi-genre pulp fiction writer and publisher, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by Brown Watson Ltd using the pseudonym Alan Holmes and was later reprinted by Sabre as part of their Sabre Westerns line.

The story stars a man who inherits a large horse ranch in Nevada, and finds that extensive land ownership carries certain troubles as a deadly determined developer seeks to build a nearby dam, which apparently they combat by triggering a fake goldrush to steal attention and workers away, which in turn leads to a potentially fatal escalation of hostilities.

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[Free eBook] Brothers & Sisters by Adele O’Neill [Psychological Suspense Crime Thriller]

Brothers & Sisters by Irish author Adele O’Neill is her standalone police procedural psychological suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The story takes place in Ireland, and explores the darker side of family relationships as a police detective becomes drawn into the secrets of an elderly brother and sister, when an investigation reveals that a recently-found body is that of their uncle, missing since the 1970s.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Frontier Legion by Sydney J. Bounds [Vintage Science Fiction]

Frontier Legion by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his shorter science fiction works, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The titular novella was originally published in 1952 as a serial in Authentic Science Fiction Magazine, and eight other stories from points throughout his decades-long career (which eventually culminated in the British Fantasy Awards creating the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer) are included as a bonus.

The main story is a old school pulpy sci-fi adventure thriller starring an amnesiac man who wakes up on a spaceship with an important mission to fulfill and enemies in his way, and many of the other stories also explore themes of human relations with space and aliens and technology.

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[Free eBook] The King’s Bed by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Tudor Historical Drama with Romance]

The King’s Bed by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, is her vintage standalone historical personal drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1961 by Macdonald & Co. The novel is set in medieval England, taking place during the transition from the Wars of the Roses under Richard III to the Tudor ascension under the future Henry VII.

The story centres around a young woman of commoner birth, who is swept up in turbulent events of the years going by as she becomes enamoured of a young man who is closely involved with them due to a lingering secret which may prove to endanger their lives as well as chance of happiness. NB: Unless you want to be spoiled for the charater’s mysterious secret, which is a pretty significant reveal, avoid reading the customer reviews.

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For seventeen-year-old Tansy Marsh, life centres upon her father’s inn, The White Boar, in Leicester.

Richard III sits upon the throne of England, and all seems well.

But the threat of the would-be usurper, Henry Tudor, looms like a gathering storm. And soon the eye of that storm is uncomfortably close to Tansy, disrupting her reassuringly ordinary life.

Once King Richard is defeated, that life becomes even less ordinary.

For Tansy has met Dickon Broome, the man who will change her existence forever.

And while life goes on under the Tudor, Dickon has particular reason to bear a grudge.

Meanwhile in Leicester, Tansy’s beloved father dies, and she is left at the mercy of her self-absorbed, self-interested stepmother.

Until her stepmother also dies, in a most horrible way, and Tansy finds herself terrifyingly close to the centre of that drama.

It soon becomes clear that there is nothing more for Tansy in her childhood home. She travels to London, to Dickon, and to a future that will be marked by some of the most noted events in England’s history.

For Dickon, Broome is not quite all that he seems, and the quality that sets him apart forces him to take some difficult decisions; decisions that affect Tansy as much as himself.

While the couple seems happy, Dickon’s secret has the power to destroy them. Will he allow that to happen, or will he come to terms with some of the nation’s most famous historic events, and live out a quiet and happy life with his beloved Tansy?

Only one man can decide.

[Free eBook] The Reluctant Madonna by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1920s Literary Novel]

The Reluctant Madonna by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1929 by Cassell & Co.

The story takes place in London during the 1920s and explores tensions and expectations in an aristocratic woman’s personal and family life, as an isolated “perfect” wife estranged from her husband finds herself being targeted by her son’s ambitious love interest, a sometime artist’s model who sees an opportunity to secure her future when the mother becomes attached to painter commissioned to produce her portrait.

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[Free eBook] Mothers: Their Power and Influence by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]

Mothers: Their Power and Influence by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage behavioural psychology book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. This was intended at the time (during the 1970s) to be an accessibly-written in-depth guide to parent and child behaviours and environmental influences intended to aid mothers to better understand the psychological underpinnings of their relationships with their children.

The text draws upon the author’s extensive observations from her psychiatric practice, with true accounts of the mothers and children she encountered, as well as selected excerpts from literary authors who wrote expressively about the effects of their own relationships with their mothers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Glass Warrior by Robert E. Vardeman [Fantasy]

The Glass Warrior by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his The Demon Crown trilogy of epic adventure fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by Tor Books. The trilogy comprises an epic adventure quest set in the usual sort of fantasy kingdom with disputed rulership, long lost heirs, and a dangerous magical artifact which may be the key to restoring or destroying the land.

This installment starts off the quest as the titular Glass Warrior, who has the magical artifact in her possession and must now go in search of the fabled lost heirs, while avoiding the forces of the rival claimants who would put a stop to her task.

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